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11 Photos Of The Women Of "Downton Abbey" Looking Magnificently Modern

The ladies of the British period drama, along with executive producer Gareth Neame, appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday evening.

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One attendee described the event as "a sea of legs."

Asked why she isn't on Twitter, Dockery said, "It turns out that Lady Mary's Eyebrows beat me to it."


Carmichael on where Edith's storyline is going this season, now that she's a professional woman writing a newspaper column: "I like to think of Edith as the Carrie Bradshaw of the 1920s."

Asked whether Downton Abbey will continue to chart the history of Britain all the way into the 1940s and show World War II, Logan shot out a wicked one-liner to express her hopes that the show doesn't go that far into the future or Mrs. Hughes won't be around: "I'd certainly be dead by then, so I hope not!"


Asked about whether fans should be reading into that photo of Lady Mary and Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Dockery said, "We are aware that there are suspicions about Tom and Mary's relationship, but they are very much just friends." She added that it would be gross if Mary went after her dead sister's husband.

Gareth Neame, meanwhile, had his own take on Mary's romantic misfortunes when it comes to the fates of her lovers, who tend to wind up dead. "They're kind of like praying mantises," said Neame. "They get to do it once."

"I love Anna," said Froggatt. "When I read her on the page before I went in for the audition, I thought, 'Oh, yeah. You know, she's the kind of person you would want as a best friend, and she's just so lovely.' And I think Anna may grow up to be Mrs. Hughes."


"What hasn't changed at all?" said McShera. "My outfit. It has a bit... I've got a drop waist now. I'm great. [Daisy's] growing up. Someone asked me how old she was now and how old she was when we began, and I couldn't I couldn't work it out... She was about 10 when we started. Yeah, she's had such a journey and, even during her terrible teens... that bratty teenage stage, which she's still in a bit. She's been a bit of a jealous girl with Ivy and everything."


She added that Downton emerged from the war relatively unscathed, which rubbed Sophie McShera the wrong way, given that William, Daisy's husband, was killed during the war. "You're so insensitive," said McShera, mock incensed. "Oh, your husband!" said Logan.